This is a Busch Gardens postcard/record that can be dated right back to the opening of the gardens in 1959. It described the simple attractions of the new park located next to the brewery.
Busch Gardens was the natural result for the Busch Family to add to their popular brewery tour. The start was landscaped gardens along with bird shows. In only a few years it would expand and diversify into a fully-fledged zoo and amusement park, partly in response to the announcement of the construction of Walt Disney World an hour away in Orlando.
At 7 inches, the record is the size of a typical 45 rpm “single” record but was recorded at 33 1/3 rpm speed. The message is 3:35 long. The record is only on one side – the other side is a typical-looking postcard, although, it’s square.
Text printed on lower corner: “Remove Here – Note: If record slips on turntable remove this tab. Push slotted center of tab down over spindle. Press tab down firmly on record. Pat pending. Mf’d by Consolidated Litho Corp., Carle Place, LI, NY.”
Images in the video are from vintage Busch Gardens postcards, brochures and booklets that show the attractions that existed when the record was made.